Decoding speed of WavPack 2007-05-11 20:06:20 At the suggestion of halb27 I've recently begun to play with WavPack. After some very quick tests I ruled out the usefulness of lossless mode (doesn't compress enough for the songs I tested to be worth the trouble over plain WAVs) but I'm very impressed with quality of lossy mode. Better yet, I found lossy mode to work disproportionately well on files that compressed poorly in lossless mode, so it's all the more attractive.I'm mainly considering using WavPack lossy as a replacement for MP3, to be played mainly on PCs. On the computers I use today the decoding speed is irrelevant, but I'd still like decoding to be possible on old PCs such as a Pentium 100 MHz (about the minimum requirement for MP3 playback). The player/decoder at issue would probably be the Winamp 2.x plugin, since that's probably what an older PC would be using (it's also what I currently use even on my new PC, I'm totally retro/backwater/caveman I guess). I haven't tested to see if WavPack even runs on older machines though (lack of MMX instructions, outdated OS, etc), so I guess that might be another question I'm wondering.Anyways, how does the decoding speed of WavPack compare to MP3, at the various relevant settings? (-f, default, -h, -hh) I am aware that -h is roughly 50% slower than the default while -hh is twice as slow, therefore I guess the biggest question is how fast is the default setting.